Two youngsters play in a Minecraft tournament Aug. 9 in Ascot, England. Miles Willis/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse hide caption

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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is the only player in the newest edition of the Madden NFL video game franchise to have his signature tattoos faithfully rendered in the game. EA Sports hide caption

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A tournament in Finland for the competitive digital card game Hearthstone raised attention last week when the invitation called for male players only. Ina Fassbender /Reuters /Landov hide caption

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The video game BioShock Infinite took players to an alternate U.S. and a story filled with philosophy and a rich narrative — but also a lot of violence. AP Photo/2K Games/Irrational Games hide caption

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Nathan Drake (foreground) is the lead protagonist of the Uncharted series of games for the Sony PS3. His character is just one in a long line of games where the dominant figure is a white male action hero. AP/Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. hide caption

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"I make a living attempting to beat video games on my show, and people watch," says Jayson Love, whose stage name is Man. Twitch.tv screengrab hide caption

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If you want to try the console gaming experience without the jaw-dropping cost, step back from the hype and consider older models. Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Marcus Ingvarsson (right) tests out the PlayStation 4 virtual reality headset Project Morpheus in a demo area at the Game Developers Conference 2014 in San Francisco on Wednesday. Jeff Chiu/AP hide caption

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In The Novelist, the Kaplans are struggling to keep their little family together. You play a ghost that tries to help keep the peace. The Novelist/Orthogonal Games hide caption

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Nidhogg is a fast-paced sword fighting game that pits two players in an intense, steel-on-steel battle of tug-of-war that harkens back to the old days of arcade battles. Messhof hide caption

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Desktop Dungeons is an easy-to-pick-up puzzle, strategy, single-player role-playing game. It can be difficult, but the ease of repeat play and deep strategic elements will keep you coming back. QCF Design hide caption

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A screenshot of Half the Sky, where virtual successes sometimes lead to real-life donations. Games For Change hide caption

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Kelly Kelley, who goes by the gaming pseudonym MrsViolence, streams her play nightly for her many fans to watch. Twitch.TV screenshot hide caption

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A screenshot of the iPad game If, which aims to teach kids how to navigate interpersonal challenges and failures. NPR hide caption

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